A housing association in Greater Manchester has won recognition for its efforts to tackle low pay by supporting a real living wage.
Trafford Housing Trust’s (THT) social investment team was declared a funding champion at this year’s Living Wage Champion Awards, held in London.
The Funding Champion award was recognition for THT’s work with sectors reliant on grant funding, such as charities and the arts.
Last year, THT achieved Living Wage Friendly Funder accreditation.
“I’m incredibly proud to work for a living wage accredited organisation and to lead a living wage fund,” said Fay Jackson, THT’s social investment manager. “Work contributes massively to our sense of self. Paying a wage which meets the real cost of living gives security and independence.
“As the first housing association to become a living wage funder we are thrilled to win a Champion Award. It is important that we use the resources we have at our disposal to advocate for and encourage others to do the same.
“It’s not just the individuals we fund that will benefit from the real Living Wage, but their families, the businesses around them and everyone connected with them. We hope that by sharing our experience other funders will sign up to the Living wage campaign.”
THT says its social investment is “committed to alleviating poverty” across Trafford and seeks to ensure everyone has the chance of a decent life, regardless of their personal circumstances. Ensuring that people are paid a fair wage for a fair day’s work is an integral part of that mission.
Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, congratulated the latest champion award winners.
“This year has already been an historic one for the Living Wage Movement as we have reached over 5,000th Living Wage employers, she added. “[B]usinesses continue to recognise the importance of a wage that truly covers the cost of living and it’s fantastic to be able to publicly thank a handful of those employers this evening.”
The real Living Wage is currently £9.00 across the UK and £10.55 in London. Unlike the Government’s minimum wage or so-called Living Wage, it’s independently calculated based on the cost of living. There are currently 5,000 Living Wage employers that pay the real Living Wage rate.
The annual Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate notable employers that pay the Living Wage and the night’s awards were hosted by Martin Lewis at the Guildhall, London. The awards were sponsored by Aviva, Heathrow and City of London.
Main Image: (left to right) Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation; Jonathan Baker, Steve Hughes, Bethan Rowsby, Fay Jackson, THT’s social investment fund team; Martin Lewis